June 16 and August 11
$ 3,865.00 (double / twin occupancy )
$ 4,405.00 (single occupancy)
$ 4,280.00 (double / twin occupancy )
$ 4,960.00 (single occupancy)
Igaliku Country Hotel
It offers amazing Arctic experiences: from iceberg-filled fjords to moving glaciers, Viking history and ruins, archeological remains from the Inuit and Viking settlers.
Its name means ‘great plain’ in Greenlandic. Today it is a home to a small international airport. Formerly a US airbase it is now a small town making its living in Greenland tourism industry and working primarily at the hotel and the airport. The area offers exciting experiences from iceberg cruises to easy walks in a nearby valley or a full-day hike to the Inland Ice Cap. The area around Narsarsuaq is also a Viking Country with numerous ancient remains from first European settlers to the American continent.
Its population is approx. 3200 inhabitants. The settlers inhabited area around Qaqortoq since prehistoric times, but the present-day town was founded in 1774. Qaqortoq is a thriving cultural center, made famous by the local artist Aka Hoegh. In the 1990s she started the Stone & Man project and transformed Qaqortoq into an open-air art gallery with the help of 18 artists from all over Scandinavia. The artists carved 24 sculptures into the rocks and boulders around the town. Since that time over 40 sculptures were added to the Stone & Man project. Other places of interest include the original blacksmith’s shop, built in 1804 and turned into a museum. Qaqortoq offers a choice of daily activities and visits such as the Viking ruins, Hvalsey Church ruin, mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. The natural wonders include the hot springs of Unartoq, amazing icebergs and glaciers found nearby.
Join our small group tour to South Greenland. With a group of up to 12 travellers, enjoy exclusive and private guided tours, a Blue Ice camp hike or Qooroq Icefjord boat tour, a private Qassiarsuk UNESCO site visit as well as kayaking in Tasiusaq and soaking in the Uunartoq hot springs. Experience the midnight sun in June or the long days of August and September, the unique wildlife of the high arctic, and memorable, authentic experiences with local Greenlanders.
This tour will have a three night stay at Hotel Qaqortoq and one night at the Igaliku Country Hotel. These include very local and authentic dining experiences, including a dinner with young local sheepfarmers and another dinner in a private home in Qaqortoq (with UNESCO Heritage Manager Alibak Hard and his wife Nanna Høegh, who is a judge).
Enjoy the company of your expert tour guide, the radiant Lykke Geisler Yakaboylu, who has unparallelled knowledge about Greenland, her home country.
Fly in and out of Reykjavik, Iceland.
Flight to Narsarsuaq and transfer by boat from Narsarsuaq to Itilleq
Arrival in Narsarsuaq and transfer by boat from Narsarsuaq to Itilleq. To get to Igaliku, you have the chance to hike between green fields and grazing sheep or to do the same tour by car. Check in at Igaliku Country Hotel (the cabins).
Igaliku was the Episcopal seat (named Gardar) for a period of about 300 years (1100-1400) during the Norse era, and the ruins from that time are very impressive. In 1782 Anders Olsen and his Greenlandic wife Tuperna established themselves as farmers and that was the beginning of Igaliku’s more recent history. There is a permanent exhibit in the church that tells this particular story. We will visit this UNESCO site during our stay (Garðar, the Norse bishop’s farm – the largest in all of Greenland – the Cathedral, and surrounding tenant farms). Dinner at Igaliku Country Hotel.
Overnight in Igaliku (D)
Blue Ice experience, boat ride & glacier viewing
Breakfast at Igaliku Country Hotel before hiking from Igaliku to the plateau and Blue Ice Camp with a view to Qooroq Icefjord (10 km in easy terrain, max elevation in 266 meters). Boat pick up at Blue Ice Camp and transfer back to Itilleq/ Igaliku.This boat trip will move between icebergs of all colours, sizes and shapes. When the glacier is in view, the boat engine is stopped, so you can enjoy the absolute silence and a drink chilled with glacier ice – more than 1,000 years old! If you are not in a physical condition to hike 10 km, you can do the shorter hike to Itilleq where we came from yesterday (or use the transfer service by car).
Pick up from Itilleq and boat tour to Qooroq Icefjord, where you will meet the rest of the group.
Boat transfer to Qaqortoq, transfer by car and check in at Hotel Qaqortoq. Dinner at Hotel Qaqortoq.
Overnight in Qaqortoq (B, L, D)
Kayaking, UNESCO sites and boat trips
Breakfast at Hotel Qaqortoq and transfer by boat to Qassiarsuk. We will then visit another part of the UNESCO World Heritage and the replication of Erik the Red’s farm as well as his wife’s church before transferring by car to Tasiusaq.
After lunch, we will go kayaking in the sheltered fjord among icebergs or if you would prefer, you can do the 7 km hike on a dirt road to Tasiusaq. Transfer by car back to Qassiarsuk and transfer by boat to Qaqortoq.
Dinner with young sheep farmer couple in Tasiusaq.
Transfer by car back to Qassiarsuk and transfer by boat to Qaqortoq.
Overnight in Qaqortoq (B, L, D)
Soak in the hotsprings at Uunartoq, visit the Hvalsey church ruin and dine in a private home in Qaqortoq.
Breakfast at Hotel Qaqortoq and then depart for a day tour by boat to Uunartoq - the natural hot springs. These crystal-clear 38 degree warm springs were discovered by the Norsemen 1,000 years ago. We will boat out to the uninhabited island between Alluitsup Paa and Nanortalik in South Greenland where there are three of these naturally heated springs which run together to a small stone-dammed pool. Bring your celebratory drink!!
Surrounded by mountain peaks and drifting icebergs, you can lie in the warm water and enjoy the almost surrealistically beautiful natural surroundings.
On the way back to Qaqortoq, we will visit Hvalsey Church ruin before having dinner in a private home in Qaqortoq, with UNESCO Heritage Manager Alibak Hard and his wife Nanna Høegh, who is a judge.
Overnight in Qaqortoq (B, L, D)
Boat to Narsarsuaq, flight from Narsarsuaq to Iceland
Breakfast at Hotel Qaqortoq before transfer by boat to Narsarsuaq and check-in for your midday flight back to Iceland. (B)